What Is Architectural Design? Design concepts you need to know when building or renovating your home

Architectural design is exactly what it sounds like: a design method that centers on the features and components of a structure. An architect, a person who designs buildings, handles the design and generally oversees the construction to make sure the vision of the project is elegantly and expertly executed.

Having trouble calling to mind an example of architectural design? It’s likely you’ve encountered countless examples, but here are a few famous cases that you may have seen, or even visited: The Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, and the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

Architectural design can, at first, seem like a complicated aspect of building or remodeling a home; the various stages and terminologies can be overwhelming. Here’s a complete overview of each stage, what that stage’s goal is and what you need to know as a homeowner to make the best decision for your design goals.

Row Houses Explained

Many cities across the US are famous for their row houses. They’re synonymous with American city-living, so much so that they’ve shown up in countless beloved shows and movies—think the opening credits of Full House, set in San Francisco, or Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City arriving home to her classy Manhattan brownstone.

Take our historic city, for example, you can’t miss the quaint row houses here in Washington D.C. But what exactly is a Row house, and why are they so popular?